Regardless of any takeover talk, the most pressing issue to be resolved at Newcastle United is that of securing Rafa Benitez’s future at the club.

If reports are to believed, then fans will still be none-the-wiser, as two regional newspapers have conflicting stories today.

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In a question and answer session with fans, the Chronicle report that talks have concluded and the club are awaiting Rafa’s decision.

In complete contrast, Miles Starforth, in the Shields Gazette, reports that following a conversation with a tv journalist, Rafa claimed to be “in the dark” over his future.

The seemingly endless rumours and speculation surrounding the Spaniard is now farcical.

It could, and should, have been all so different.

The club should have had this sorted out weeks ago. Had they done so, we would not be left with this ludicrous situation where takeover talk is clouding the issue.

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In truth, the club should never have let Rafa’s contract reach the final year without an extension being agreed and compromises made.

Even then, they should have sorted things out as soon as Premier League safety was achieved. But logical decisions and Newcastle United do not go together anymore.

Fans deserve to hear what the position is on Rafa Benitez talks

The fact that they have let his contract reach the last few days is utterly ridiculous and unfathomable.

What is equally as criminal, is the reluctance of Lee Charnley or Mike Ashley to let fans know what the current scenario is.

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While, for obvious reasons, they cannot give the ins and outs of any talks, but they could at least have issued a statement to say talks have concluded – or are ongoing if that is the case – and that a decision should be forthcoming in a matter of days.

Instead, they have all fans biting their nails, and worrying that their talisman could walk away, with the club seeminlgy happy to let them do so.

It is typical of the club. But just because it is typical, does not make it right.

The club, time and again, treat their paying customers with an apparent contempt.

Their continual failure to communicate is what makes fans distrust the current regime, and why they are desperate that talk of a takeover comes to fruition.

If the club want Newcastle fans to renew their season tickets, then they have a strange way of giving them a good reason to do so.

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